NEW YORK—The Godici family was happy to take part in Shen Yun Performing Arts’ matinee performance at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center on April 21. “I thought it was awesome,” said Tom Godici, an executive creative director for advertising agency BBDO.
Because it was Mr. Godici’s first time seeing such of a high-caliber performance of classical Chinese dance, he said it was well worth the acquaintance. “It was a good experience to see the classical dance,” he said.
Currently in China, due to the communist regime’s destruction of traditional Chinese culture, Shen Yun cannot be seen there, where for 5,000 years its divine culture flourished. “Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture,” reads the Shen Yun website.
Mr. Godici’s wife, Kate, agreed with her husband’s account of the performance. “I thought it was amazing,” she said. “I loved the colors and the way they can move their bodies. They are so well trained.”
“Chinese dance is at the heart of what Shen Yun does,” according to Shen Yun’s website. “Known for its incredible flips and spins, and its gentle elegance, it is one of the most rigorous and expressive art forms in the world.”
Mr. Godici added that he was not only touched by the athleticism of the dancers, but also of their splendid outfits, which are newly tailored and made for each season. “The color is amazing—the use of color in the outfits,” he said.
He added that he found the dances overall to be “inspiring and very nice.”
Although the Godici family attended the performance in celebration of one of their children’s sixth birthday, they said they came away with valuable insight into traditional Chinese culture. Mrs. Godici learned “about the culture and not being able to live and do things they would like to do,” she said, referring to the suppression of China’s ancient culture.
Mr. Godici concluded that overall he simply “learned a lot” from the performance.
Reporting by NTD Television and Michael Fitzgerald.
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has three touring companies that perform simultaneously around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
Shen Yun Performing Arts is performing at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center through April 28.
The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time. We have proudly covered audience reactions since Shen Yun’s inception in 2006.